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South Africa: MultiChoice Supports Advancement In Artificial Intelligence (AI) Skills

South Africa's media giant MultiChoice and the University of Pretoria has entered into a partnership that aims to develop and sustain skills in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and specifically machine learning technology.

In this collaboration, MultiChoice will be sponsoring a research chair of machine learning at the University.

Both institutions have acknowledged that the field of AI and machine learning, is necessary to survive in the fourth industrial revolution and succeed in a future that is digital.

According to multichoice, it has identified opportunities for AI and machine learning that would add value to its business which would help with content selection and recommendations, automated editing and archiving, natural language processing in customer care platforms as well as automated piracy detection among others.

The pay-TV operator says partnering with an academic institution is a forward-thinking way to nurture these specialised skills in SA.

CEO MultiChoice SA,  Calvo Mawela says "The chair will help our company grow a pool of talents in engineering, which would help us it build in the digital future. Technology and innovation is in our DNA as a company, so it is only natural to we remain at the forefront of development."

Malewa said funding the research chair will enable the company to tap into the largest local school of engineering with a high internationally ranking and local and excellent transformation record. The more important part of it is that it will make a significant contribution to South Africa to compete with the global community in the new digital future.

In this project, bursaries will be given to support students at all levels, ranging from the final year to Honours projects and Masters to PhD degrees in engineering, computer science or data science.

Deputy Minister of Higher Education said: "Our country is fully onboard the fourth industrial revolution train, and this partnership between a private and a public institution, is an expression of our commitment to place this nation at the centre of development.

"It is essential that educational institutions invest in students in research and education sectors because they are about the next waves of technology. We are excited to a partner with MultiChoice who supports us in developing high-level skills and enhancing technology education in the country so as not to be left behind in the fourth industrial revolution.

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